Friday, September 17, 2010

It's Friday!












It's Friday and another day at the Johnny Blog. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 17th, the 260th day of 2010. There are 105 days left in the year.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors MJHL team is in action this weekend with a pair of games. Tonight, the Juniors play the USF Ice Bulls and tomorrow is a league game against the Florida Eels. Both games start at 8:00pm EDT at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. Admission is $5, 12 and under, plus current Gulf Coast Flames players are free. Both games can be seen on fasthockey.com.


The Juniors' SEJHL team has the weekend off.

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Today is National Apple Dumpling Day.

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Quenneville receives extension from Hawks.

Training camps open today.

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Today is Constitution Day, marking the signing of our keystone document in 1787, and Citizenship Day, honoring those who came from other lands and became Americans.

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These RoughRiders aren't green.

USHL Fall Classic is big event for Sioux Land economy.

Game recaps:

Black Hawks open preseason with win over Cedar Rapids.

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A company called Bump unveiled a new mobile technology that allows users to send text messages to complete strangers. You snap a photo of the stranger's licesne plate, then upload it to the Bump service. If the plate in your photo matches one added to Bump by the person driving the car your message will be sent on to them. (Oh goodie. Now we can text complete strangers while driving. Lovely.)

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Hoping to keep dreams of first alive.

The 6-4 Riders, second in the CFL West, go up against 9-1 West leading Calgary Stampeders tonight, at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Kickoff is set for 9:00pm EDT. Link to listen is on the right side of this blog.

Visit the teams' official website at riderville.com.

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Today is POW/MIA Recognition Day. (It's held the third Friday every September.)

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Here's the Week 2 NFL Schedule:

Sunday, September 19th (All times Eastern)--

1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans

1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions

1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

1:00 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons

1:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings

1:00 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns

1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers

1:00 p.m. Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys

4:05 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos

4:05 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Oakland Raiders

4:15 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers

4:15 p.m. Houston Texans at Washington Redskins

4:15 p.m. New England Patriots at New York Jets

8:20 p.m. New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts

Monday, September 20th (All times Eastern)--

8:30 p.m. New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers

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As The World Turns ends it's run of 54 years today.

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The Beavers play their home opener tomorrow, against the Louisville Cardinals. Kickoff at Reser Stadium in Corvallis is set for 5:30pm EDT. You can listen to the game on the Beaver Sports Network. Fox Sports Northwest has the T.V.

Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

And here's the 2010 football roster.

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A traffic officer in New York slapped a parking ticket on a vehicle while a man was dead in the driver's seat. In the officer's defense, the guy did have heavily tinted windows.

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Lions begin to find confidence on offense.

CFL.ca online water cooler, week #11.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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Five thousand people wore sworn in as American citizens the other day at Boston's Fenway Park. (Oh great, so now we've got another 5,000 people speaking with a Boston accent.)

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The Rays were off last night. In tonight's pitching matchup, Wade Davis(12-9, 4.24 ) is on the mound for the Rays against the Angels' Dan Haren(10-12, 4.09).....After he nailed down Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees, closer Rafael Soriano's 43 saves tied him for the franchise record for saves in a single season, so it's possible he can break the record tonight. The mark is shared by Roberto Hernandez, who saved 43 games in 1999....Left fielder Carl Crawford has 12 triples, which is tied with Colorado's Dexter Fowler for the Major League lead. Crawford had four on the recent trip and has the most since 2006, when he had 16. He's seven off his career high of 19 three-base hits set in 2004. He's bidding to become the fifth player to lead the AL in triples four times (also 2004-06) and the third to lead the AL outright in four seasons....Rays hitters have 607 walks and are on pace to shatter the club record of 642 set last year. They also lead the AL in strikeouts with 1,155.

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Today is VFW Ladie's Auxiliary Day.

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In the American League East, Tampa Bay leads the Yankees(who lead the Wild Card) by 1/2 game, Boston is 6 1/2 (They trail the Wild Card by 6), Toronto lags behind by 15 1/2 and Baltimore(Eliminated) is 30 1/2 back.

In the American League Central, Minnesota is 9 ahead of the White Sox, Detroit is behind by 16, while Kansas City(Eliminated) trails by 27 1/2 and Cleveland(Eliminated) is 28 back.

In the American League West, Texas leads Oakland by 10, the Angels are 11 1/2 behind and Seattle(Eliminated) trails by 27 1/2.

In the National League East, Philadelphia leads Atlanta(Braves lead the Wild Card race) by 3 games, Florida and the Mets are both 12 out and Washington(Eliminated) is 23 1/2 behind.

In the National League Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 7 games, Houston is 12 1/2 back, Milwaukee is 15 behind, the Cubs(Eliminated) trail by 17 1/2 and Pittsburgh(Eliminated) is 34 1/2 out.

In the National League West, San Francisco is 1/2 game ahead of San Diego(The Padres are 1/2 game behind in the Wild Card), Colorado is 2 1/2 behind(2 1/2 out in the Wild Card), the Dodgers is 11 behind and Arizona(Eliminated) trails by 24.

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Yom Kippur begins at sundown tonight.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have reached the summit. Maintaining their footing upon that lofty perch for the final 15 games becomes their new challenge.

San Francisco claimed first place in the National League West in commanding fashion Thursday night, as Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey and Jose Guillen homered through the fog to complement Jonathan Sanchez's career-high 12-strikeout performance in a 10-2 pasting of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Madison Bumgarner(5-5, 3.28) goes to the mound tonight for the Giants against the Brewers' Randy Wolf(11-11, 4.53)....Rookie lefty Bumgarner has won five of his last seven starts, and in his past three starts, he has allowed only two earned runs in 20 1/3 innings for an 0.89 ERA. He faced the Brewers in his third career start on July 6 to earn his first big league victory, throwing a career-high eight innings and allowing zero runs on three hits....With Andres Torres out after an appendectomy in San Diego last weekend, the Giants will mostly be putting veterans Aaron Rowand and Cody Ross in center field, and in Tuesday's first game without Torres it was Ross in the leadoff spot. "You'll see one of those two out there for the most part," Bochy said. "Right now we need experience, and these guys have been through it and know how to play and are looking forward to getting some opportunities."....This series marks the last matchup for the Brewers against an NL West team, and they head into it with a 13-20 mark, including 0-4 vs. the Giants from a four-game sweep at Miller Park in July....The Giants conclude their competition vs. the NL Central with this series and three games vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field. They enter this weekend with a 25-11 mark. ...Saturday's starters Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers and Tim Lincecum of the Giants enter the series tied for the highest ratio of strikeouts per nine innings, at 9.7....The Brewers announced that they have extended their affiliation with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.

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Today is Trail of Tears Commemoration Day. 

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Today in Elvis History:

1961 - Elvis Presley's single "Wild In The Country/I Feel So Bad" hit #4 in the U.K.

1963 - Elvis Presley received the songs that director Gene Nelson and musical director Fred Karger had chosen for "Kissin' Cousins."

1967 - Elvis Presley's single "There's Always Me" hit #56 in the U.S.

1972 - The "New Musical Express" reported that "Elvis Says No To Britain." Colonel Parker had sited unsuitable venues as the reason.

2003 - Elvis Presley's estate closed Elvis Presley's Memphis restaurant-nightclub. The venture had been open for six years.

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Here's Jimmy, one year ago today, with three of his best friends. Flipper, Snoopy and his thumb.



Here's Jimmy last night as Mr. GQ.






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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - "She Loves You" was released by the Beatles.

1967 - The Beatles re-recorded "Your Mother Should Know."

1970 - Led Zeppelin knocked the Beatles out of their position as the U.K.'s most popular group in a Melody Maker poll.

1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono released "Some Time in New York City." The album was free with a second disc of a live performance of the couple backed by the Mothers of Invention.

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Today is Anne Bradstreet Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1924 - Jim Bottomley knocked in 12 runs in a single game setting a major league baseball record.

1953 - The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given permission to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.

1988 - Tom Browning pitched the 12th perfect game in major league baseball.

2004 - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman imposed a lockout due to an impasse in contract negotiations. The players union and NHL officials did not meet again until December 9.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: USF Bulls at Tampa Bay Juniors 8:00pm EDT

CFL Football: Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders 9:00pm EDT

Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Florida Eels at Tampa Bay Juniors 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

NFL Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Saturday:

Nascar Nationwide Series: Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 4:30pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 8:00am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 11:00pm EDT

NFL Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Monday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Junior Blades 5:15pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 3:00pm

Nascar Nationwide Series: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Blades TBA

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Price Chopper 400 Presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you Friday.

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